As families prepare to go back-to-school this fall, we want to remind them of the importance of planning safe and productive after-school time activities. Each day large numbers of children and youth leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk for being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. The Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs provide safe havens where young people are empowered to excel in school, become good citizens, lead healthy & productive lives on their paths to great futures. Our Clubs are a safe place to learn & grow - all the while having fun.
It is the place where GREAT FUTURES are started each and every day!
Who We Are
Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs (TKBGC) is a leading provider of quality before and after-school programs that contribute significantly to the healthy physical, educational and social development of young people growing up in downtown Toronto. The Club services over 1300 members annually and is part of a collective of Clubs across Ontario, that assist more than 110,000 children, youth and their families.
What We Do
TKBGC has more than 95 yrs. of experience providing high-quality before and after school programs that help children and youth to overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
TKBGC is Present in All Stages of a Child’s Life
Through our comprehensive programs -- including before and after school programs for children aged 6-12, and evening youth programs and initiatives for youth 13-24– TKBGC is present in all stages of a young person’s life, and provides critical support to families during all key development periods.
Our “whole child, life cycle” approach means that many young people establish life-long connections to the Club, and achieve their full potential, and successful life outcomes, as a result.
TKBGC Provides High-Quality Before and After School Programs
Clubs’ comprehensive programs, tailored to meet the needs of the local community and community partners with whom we work, put a strong focus on physical recreation, nutrition and learning, but also include: early learning, school readiness, homework help and academic support, post-secondary scholarships, arts and culture, youth leadership, skills development, career planning and more.
Clubs’ high-quality, comprehensive, integrated programs are:
TKBGC programs are available to all young people, but also reach a diverse population of vulnerable children, youth and families -- including children and youth from low-income, immigrant/refugee, aboriginal, single parent and other families in the highest-needs neighbourhoods and communities in the downtown core
Club programs are offered in a variety of settings – including schools, social housing, recreation centres and our flag ship centre serving Regent Park – with a growing number of our programs offered directly in schools, the Club continues to work with school boards and other partners to ensure seamless transitions from schools to community settings.
TKBGC charges nominal fees for young people to participate, subsidize memberships by 25% to up to 100%, and ensure that no child is prevented from participating by financial barriers.
TKBGC programs are available year-round, when children, parents and families need them -- during the school year, over the summer, and during school break and holiday periods -- providing families with regularly available, structured and supervised services during these important periods.
TKBGC programs adhere to the highest quality standards, including the requirements of the Day Nurseries Act, HIGH FIVE quality assurance & accreditation and Boys and Girls Clubs own Operating Standards for the national BGC Movement.
Learning and Skills-Focused
TKBGC programs reinforce the in-school curriculum and help to prepare children for life by helping them to discover and develop their talents and skills, build their competence and enhance their leadership and academic performance.
Strengths and Relationship-Based
Dedicated club staff and adult mentors model positive approaches and provide guidance that builds on each child’s individual strengths and abilities.
Clubs provide a comprehensive, integrated array of programs that meet the developmental needs of young people, from pre-school to young adulthood, in both school and community settings, and work with schools and school boards to provide seamless transitions to and from school through our safe walk and busing programs.